BADMINTON—INDONESIA, inspired by victories over Denmark and Thailand, upset overconfident Malaya, wrested Thomas Cup from perennial champions at Singapore to bring first world title and first good news in months to troubled young republic.
HORSE RACING—TIM TAM, Calumet's Derby and Preakness winner who broke down in Belmont, underwent operation for removal of bone chips from injured right foreleg under watchful eye of Trainer Jimmy Jones at Philadelphia's U. of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, less than 48 hours later was frolicking around "like a colt," may still return to races after six-month recuperation at Lexington, Ky. Meanwhile, old Tim Tam friend Silky Sullivan, who left plenty of weepy Irish hearts at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, was sent out to kick up his heels in six-furlong sprint at Hollywood Park, but was up to old tricks, showed them to only one horse as he finished ninth. Insisted loyal Trainer Reggie Cornell: "He's a nice horse. He'll come around."
A Glitter, another frisky Calumet 3-year-old, stepped out handsomely, fought off challenging Spar Maid in stirring run for wire to take first money in $71,450 Coaching Club of American Oaks at Belmont, put another trophy in Mrs. Gene Markey's already bulging showcase.
Gladness, Irish-trained but American-owned (by Philadelphia Building Contractor John McShain) 5-year-old bay mare, moved up steadily and firmly under nursing touch of Jockey Lester Piggott, ran down Flying Flag II in stretch to win Ascot Gold Cup, one of Britain's most cherished prizes.
Larry Macphail, once bombastic baseball magnate ( Cincinnati, Brooklyn, New York Yankees) who was never one to pass up neat profit, demonstrated he hasn't lost his touch since turning to Thoroughbreds, peddled Demobilize, unbeaten 2-year-old gelding he bought for $4,000 last year at Keeneland, to Oklahoma Oilman Travis Kerr for $100,000 at Stanton, Del.
HARNESS RACING—TORPID, gallant 4-year-old who teamed with Trainer-Driver Johnny Simpson to win 36 of 41 starts (including 28 straight), $187,358 in two years and set world record 1:58 for mile as 2-year-old to gain recognition as sport's greatest pacer, but ailing now, was retired to stud at Hanover Shoe Farms by grateful and considerate Owner Max Hochberg. Starting service fee: $1,500.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—CALIFORNIA'S PHIL HILL, who teamed with BELGIUM'S OLIVIER GENDEBIEN, snaked swiftly, if cautiously, through rain and mist, held big Ferrari in lead when Duncan Hamilton's Jag skidded off course, throttled down to safe speed to win Le Mans 24-hour endurance race with 107-mph average (see page 20) and clinch sports car world title for Ferrari with 38 points (for class winners, see right).
Walt Hansgen, who has yet to lose this year, traded lead back and forth with Ed Crawford, his most persistent pursuer, finally zoomed his Lister-Jag to front to stay on rain-slick asphalt track at Elkhart Lake for seventh SCCA win. Average speed for 152 miles: 75.4 mph.
WEIGHT LIFTING—ISAAC BERGER, despite his 132 pounds, was biggest man in AAU championships at Los Angeles (see record breakers) as two-day grunting session produced eight champs; Dave Ashman, heavyweight; Dave Sheppard, 225 pounds; Fred Schutz, 198 pounds; Jim George, 181 pounds; Tommy Kono, 165 pounds; Kenzie Onuma, 148 pounds; Berger, 132 pounds; Chuck Vinci, 123 pounds.
SOCCER—SWEDEN, making most of brilliant footwork and catlike maneuvers, beat Russia 2-0 in quarter-finals at Stockholm to end Soviet's first quest for World Soccer Cup, set fans to buzzing hopefully as host team moved into semifinals along with West Germany, Brazil and France.